Law School Dean from Puerto Rico in NYC to Announce Unique Program to Attract Law Students from USA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2014

CONTACT: John Garcia, Director of Communications, 212-739-7513, 917-673-9095 or jgarcia@latinojustice.org.

Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law Dean Dr. Julio Fontanet Maldonado will be the keynote speaker at the Annual LatinoJustice Law Day on Saturday where he will speak about an innovative program to attract students from the USA to study law in Puerto Rico.

The program, to be launched in the Fall of 2015, will confer a Juris Doctor degree and will be taught in English. The idea is to enhance inclusion and diversity in legal education and within the legal profession.

More than 300 students and over 80 law schools are expected to attend Law Day, one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the country. The event will take place at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, from 10am to 4pm.

“The lack of diversity in legal education in the United States has had a negative impact not only for students from minority groups who are excluded from joining the legal profession, it has also affected “access to justice,” the school wrote in a press release.

The program is particularly aimed at Latinos and Latinas. Students will receive specialized attention in small classes combining doctrinal and clinical courses to address some of the challenges facing the legal profession today. Emphasis will be given to preparing students in acquiring the theoretical and practical skills needed in order to address some of challenges that the legal profession currently faces in the United States.

“This is the kind of innovative program that will improve diversity in the law profession, something that greatly needs to be addressed,” said Sonji Patrick, Director Education Programs at LatinoJustice. “On Saturday, Dr. Fontanet will have a chance to tell us all about his program, and students from around the New York Metropolitan area will get to ask questions and speak to the dean and all kinds of experts in legal education.”

Pre-law students will hear from expert panelists what they can expect from the law school admissions process and about pre-law services they can access. Panelists will highlight the myriad careers that are attainable with a law degree, and later in the program current law students will lead an interactive “Ask a Law Student” Q&A session, during which attendees will learn about the practical expectations of attending law school.

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